Khayelitsha gets ARV boost

The R39.8 million in additional funds will go towards the ARV programme in Khayelitsha.

The City of Cape Town has received a financial boost for HIV treatment in one of its townships.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Monday said it will receive a R39.8 million financial boost for its antiretroviral (ARV) programme in Khayelitsha.

Officials will sign an agreement with the Global Fund in the next few weeks.

The programme will be rolled out at eight city-run Khayelitsha clinics, which currently provide more than 6,000 people with ARVs.

Health mayoral committee member, Lungiswa James, says the programme will have a significant impact in the area, as there is a constant rise in the need for treatment.

"We are really grateful to have received the funding."

The township has high levels of TB and HIV infections.